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John Cowell Bio, Biography, Age, Race, Arrested for Nia Wilson Murder and Wounding Latifa Wilson

John Cowell Arrested for the Murder of Nia Wilson


John Cowell Bio, Biography

John Cowell is 27 years old, as of 2018, a convicted felon on Parole. He is the suspect identified by Police in Northern California for fatally stabbing to death 18 years old Nia Wilson with a knife on the neck and injuring her elder 25 years old sister,  Latifa Wilson. John Cowell is now under police custody after being arrested on an Antioch bound train after tips from the public.  The incident occurred in Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Oakland MacArthur rail station on Sunday, 22 July 2018.


Background information

Age 27 years old as of 2018
Race Caucasian​  (White, American)
Physical Description White, American approximately 5’9”  tall with short, spiky hair.
Arrested for The killing through stabbing by a knife of 18 years old Nia Wilson and injuring 25 years old Latifa Wilson
Motive Unknown but the Police have not ruled out that the attack  could be racially motivated
Previous Jail Records
  • Kaiser Medical in Richmond filed a restraining order against him after he was accused of threatening to kill an employee in 2016.
  • Sentenced to prison for robbery, he serving for two years, and was released on parole four months ago, March 2018.

John Cowell Arrested for Stabbing to Death Nia Wilson and inflicting a Knife Wound to her elder sister Latifa Wilson in a BART stabbing in Oakland

A passenger on BART  captured the arrest of John Cowell which came 21 hours after he stabbed to death Nia Wilson and inflicted a knife injury to her elder sister, Latifa Wilson. Police Officers had intercepted the train at the Pleasant Hill BART station after getting tips from the public. The suspect was taken into custody without any incident.

The arrest comes as a huge relief for the Bay Area, where the random attack has triggered outrage and protest.

Bay Area Rapid Transit police on Monday, 23 July 2018 released three surveillance video images of Cowell, including one that shows him at MacArthur station Sunday night, when the Nia and her Latifa were stabbed on a platform after exiting the train.

The photograph shows Cowell wearing a gray and white tracksuit and carrying a backpack.

Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Chief Carlos Rojas said Monday that surveillance video shows 27-year-old Cowell striking the sisters and getting away. They  found a knife at a construction site near the MacArthur train station they believe was used in the attack. He says it was an “unprovoked, vicious attack” and that officials have not determined a motive.

The chief also added that they are trying to determine what led to the attack. However, they have no information that it was racially motivated, but they are not discarding that factor as a possible motive. The Wilson sisters are black, and Cowell is white.

“Up to this point we don’t have any information that was race-motivated, but we can’t discard it.,” he said.

A cousin had previously identified 21-year-old Tashiya Wilson as the wounded sister, but authorities later said Latifa Wilson is the one that was injured in the incident.



Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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